Some say it’s the food of the gods, but others say it’s the fare of devils.
One thing is clear, though—more and more studies are showing that chocolate and its main ingredient, cacao, is packed with vitamins and is thought to lower blood pressure, increase blood flow, reduce inflammation and ultimately contribute to a healthy heart. …as long as it’s dark and contains at least 60 percent cacao. In fact, a dark chocolate bar can have as many antioxidants as some green tea or 2/3 cup blueberries—plus minerals and fiber.
Why can chocolate be good? Most of chocolate’s health benefits come from the antioxidant, flavonoids, particularly flavanols, found in the cacao plant, which is rich in flavanols. Some forms of chocolate have a lot more flavonoids than others.
Why are antioxidants so important? Simply, they are the substances that fight those rogue cells called “free radicals.” Think of free radicals as human rust—they result in disease, aging, and cause a lot of destruction.
Remember, moderation is important, so don’t start emptying your cabinets and replacing it with chocolate, but the holidays are coming up, so you have permission to indulge.
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This past May, Hebert Candies sent a team to the Sweets & Snacks Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago for the 4th year in a row. This 19 year old show is hosted by the National Confectioners Association and this year held more than 720 companies and 16,000 industry professionals from nearly 90 countries.
No one knows exactly how or when fudge was first invented, but culinary legend says it was likely produced by accident in the United States sometime in the nineteenth century.
The main ingredients are sugar, butter, and milk. Here at the Hebert Candy Mansion we still make it the old fashioned way; by hand in small batches in our copper kettles. We love fudge, so we’ve decided to put together some fun facts about it for you to enjoy.